Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has received continued accolades for being an innovative series. Being able to pull off comedy and drama while adding a musical is no small feat but the writers, cast and crew have done it flawlessly.
This article contains spoilers for Paula and Scott Proctor’s story line so if you haven’t seen Season 2 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, please do not continue reading.
Additionally, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has presented a positive landscape for diversity with its portrayal of minority characters and has also been opened with having characters like Darryl (Pete Gardner) embrace their sexuality with the revelation of him being bisexual. The show talks honestly about mental illness via lead character Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom). With every new episode, I eagerly watch to see what inspirational message is presented next.
This season I have taken notice of two characters in particular. These two characters are not in a love triangle (though I applaud Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for redefining the term with its witty “Love Triangles”song) but are a couple trying to maintain a successful and happy marriage while struggling to raise two less than perfect children. They are Paula and Scott Proctor.
Played by Donna Lynne Champlin and Steve Monroe, the Proctors aren’t exactly Mike and Carol Brady. You won’t hear them speaking platitudes or worrying about their children’s popularity. Instead, Paula and Scott hope son Brendan doesn’t grown up and become a criminal, though in a recent episode Scott Proctor encouraged his son to “take the back roads” (because his driver’s license was suspended) in order to go pick his younger brother up. Paula finally decided to pursue her long time dream of attending law school when she discovered that she was pregnant. She and Scott discussed how they could possibly make law school a reality for her with the current state of their lives and a baby thrown into the mix, it couldn’t happen.
I love Paula and Scott Proctor because they are real. They are a normal couple like you would find outside the television world. They have children to raise, bills to pay etc. And their children aren’t some picture perfect lot. When I watch Paula and Scott on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, I’m reminded of the couples from my favorite sitcoms of the 1980s and 90s like Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond and Home Improvement.
I want to give a big thanks to Donna Lynne Champlin and Steve Monroe for bringing Paula and Scott to life. They show that love and respect in marriage is not all hearts and flowers, it takes hard work. I appreciate how the Proctors show viewers that with spousal support, there’s a solution to the most difficult problems.
Special thanks to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend writers for giving us these two characters. In particular, they have allowed Scott to play a larger part in the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend canvas in Season 2. Paula has been there for Rebecca serving as a sounding board to her and now Scott is doing the same for his wife.
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